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    A 6-foot wide gravel path snakes through Fred and Nancy Delcomyn’s backyard prairie, seen here in early November.

    A 6-foot wide gravel path snakes through Fred and Nancy Delcomyn’s backyard prairie, seen here in early November.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:
    Fred Delcomyn is a certified master naturalist and an emeritus professor of the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of “Foundations of Neurobiology” and has written more than 100 popular and scientific articles. Since 2009, he has served on the board of directors of Grand Prairie Friends, an Illinois-based not-for-profit conservation organization and land trust involved with prairie protection and restoration.

    James L. Ellis is the natural areas coordinator for the U. of I. and a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He has published articles on prairie ecology, conservation and management for both academic and general audiences. He is a long-time volunteer with the Grand Prairie Friends and served on its board of directors from 2000-2021.

    A Backyard Prairie” is a 2021 publication of Southern Illinois University Press.

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